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January Math Challenges & Brainteasers-Winter Themed Centers, FF & Extensions

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Use these PRINT and GO winter themed math activities to challenge your high flying 2nd and 3rd grade students during the month of January. Includes 26 NO PREP math printables with answer keys you can use for math centers, homework, fast finishers, small groups, number talks, math enrichment contracts, or whole class problem solving! January themes include: New Year's, penguins, sledding, football, Martin Luther King, yeti, polar bears, and snow

Recommended as a challenge for grades 2-3

Included in this pack:
13 Math Challenges
*Penguin Feast (Guess and check, organizing data, adding one and 2-digit numbers to 100)
*2015 NFL Stats (Logical thinking, adding and subtracting 3-digit numbers)
*Record Snowfall (Place value with 4-digits, adding multiple 1-digit numbers)
*Snow Totals (Patterns, adding and subtracting with one-half from whole numbers)
*Hot Cocoa Combos (Combinations, organizing data)
*Highest Scoring Super Bowl (Guess and check, adding & subtracting 2-digit numbers)
*Super Bowl Blowout (Guess and check, adding & subtracting 2-digit numbers)
*Snowball Switch #1 (Logical thinking, guess and check, adding multiple 1-digit numbers)
*Snowball Switch #2 (Logical thinking, guess and check, adding multiple 1 and 2-digit numbers)
*Sledding #1 (Multiplying 2-digit numbers, easier)
*Sledding #2 (Multiplying 3 and 1-digit numbers, converting miles to feet, more difficult)
*New Year’s Party Plans (Elapsed time, logical thinking)
*Marching on Washington (Multiplying large numbers, multiplying with decimals, very difficult!)

All math challenges come with a lined page for written responses focused on strategies students used to solve the problem

13 Brainteasers
*Polar Bear Picnic (Logical thinking, guess and check)
*Yeti Yard Sale (Logical thinking, adding and subtracting money up to \$10.00)
*New Year’s Equations (Mixed operations, writing equations totaling 1-100)
*Snow Days (Logical thinking, calendar math) 2 versions included (fill-in-calendar/create-a-calendar)
*Snowball Sums #1 (Logical thinking, guess and check, adding 2-digit numbers less than 20, easier)
*Snowball Sums #2 (Logical thinking, guess and check, adding 1 and 2-digit numbers, more difficult)
*Super Bowl Balancing #1 (Addition and subtraction to 20, balancing equations, easier)
*Super Bowl Balancing #2 (Addition and subtraction to 100, balancing equations, difficult)
*SNOW Logic Puzzle (Logical thinking, guess and check, easier)
*2018 Logic Puzzle (Logical thinking, guess and check, easier)
*WINTER Logic Puzzle (Logical thinking, guess and check, more difficult)
*FROZEN Logic Puzzle (Logical thinking, guess and check, more difficult)
*SNOWFLAKE Logic Puzzle (Logical thinking, guess and check, most difficult)

Also includes
*Student resource page with common conversions and extra info students might need to help solve these problems. Perfect to use for homework or centers!

Check out the preview to see all challenges, brainteasers, and answer keys.

If you'd like to try out a January football themed math challenge for FREE, check out my Free Super Football Math Challenge HERE.

Have a fab day Super Teacher!
Katie
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Here are a few ideas for how you might use these challenges and brainteasers in your own classroom:

*Use these as extension activities for math contracts. Make a pack of challenge problems for advanced students to use as a fast finisher or during certain in-class math lessons when they’ve already mastered the material. You can read more about this strategy and receive a free editable math contract at my blog HERE.

*Use a challenge or brainteaser as a homework option for students who need a challenge, or let them replace a simple homework assignment with the challenge to show parents how well you’re differentiating.

*Use a math challenge or brainteaser as a “number talk” problem to start out your daily math class. Work through it as a class or let students work in partners or small groups to talk through it and solve it together.

*Give a challenge or brainteaser to a small group of students as one of their independent math workshop rotations or use them with your advanced small math group rotation.

*Use the problems as an independent practice activity during a unit on problem solving strategies (guess and check, work backwards, etc.) or attacking a multi-step problem.

*Keep a stack of challenge problems in your classroom fast finisher area for any student who wants a challenge.

*Choose one or two challenge problems for the month and reward any student who can solve both. You can put these on a bulletin board or have them available as additional incentives.

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